Paul Pogba will be forced to pay a cut if he leaves Manchester United for Real Madrid this summer as sources told ESPN that the Spanish club is not prepared to match his salaries of £ 290,000 a week in Old Trafford.
United sources have repeatedly said that 26-year-old Pogba will not be sold at the end of the season, despite persistent speculation linking the midfielder with a transfer to the Santiago Bernabéu.
Both Pogba and Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane spoke recently about the prospect of the French international playing in the Spanish capital, but Manchester coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he expects Juventus' £ 89m contract, be part of your team next season. .
Sources told ESPN FC, however, that some of Pogba's teammates hope he will push for a change this year if Manchester are unable to qualify for the Champions League – a result that is increasingly likely after the draw in 1 with Chelsea on Sunday. Old Trafford left United three points behind the top four with only two games to play.
United's determination to retain Pogba, based on both the player's commercial value and his contribution to the team, may further lead the club to discuss a new contract with its advisors in an effort to end Madrid's efforts.
But while sources have told ESPN that Madrid's interest in Pogba is strong and enduring, the club is unwilling to increase pressure on its huge payroll by offering him a contract that is worth more than his contract with United .
Real Madrid are also looking for Eden striker Eden Hazard with the club aware of the need to strengthen all departments of the team and reduce the average age of the Zidane team.
With top salaries Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Isco facing uncertain futures, Madrid need to make room on their payroll to accommodate those similar to Hazard and Pogba, who would likely cost more than £ 100m each if transfers were traded with Chelsea. and United respectively.
And if Pogba is able to force a change from United, he will have to take a reduced salary to make it happen this summer.